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Samarqand E-mail
Asia - Uzbekistan
27 August 2010

“Samarqand"After our stay in Nukus from where we had made a trip to the Aral Sea, we travelled by to Samarqand by bus. A trip that did not...

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Nukus E-mail
Asia - Uzbekistan
24 August 2010

NukusNukus is a city in western Uzbekistan, the capital of the Karakalpakstan Autonomous Republic, located in the delta of the Amu...

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Kyzyl Kala & Toprak Kala E-mail
Asia - Uzbekistan
21 August 2010

Kyzyl Kala and Toprak Kala travel photograpy, UzbekistanOn a daytrip from Khiva, we drove through Urgench, towards the Kyzylkum desert, to see remains of nearly 2000 year old Khorezmian...

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Toshkent E-mail
Asia - Uzbekistan
17 August 2010

Enjoying an afternoon in front of the circus, Toshkent, UzbekistanArriving in Toshkent from Margilan, we met a group among which a Dutch guy participating in a rally to Mongolia with a German-...

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Margilan - Yodgorlik silk factory E-mail
Asia - Uzbekistan
14 August 2010

Uzbek woman weaving silk at Yodgorlik silk factory in Margilan, UzbekistanComing from Osh, Kyrgyzstan, we merely got over the border into Uzbekistan and drove to Margilan, where we visited the Yodgorlik...

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Song Kol horseriding E-mail
Asia - Kyrgyzstan
08 August 2010

Alone on a horse in an empty landscapeThe people of Kyrgyzstan have been semi-nomadic herders historically, living in yurts (round tents) and tending horses, sheep and yaks...

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Kochkor E-mail
Asia - Kyrgyzstan
05 August 2010

Three kids in Kochkor posingFrom Bishkek we took a shared taxi to Kochkor, a village south-west of lake Issyk Kul. Once there we arranged next day's trip to the...

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Karakol town E-mail
Asia - Kyrgyzstan
03 August 2010

Older Kyrgyz woman with her granddaughter in KarakolThere's more to the Karakol area than rock formations and balneotherapic resorts. This sleepy little town itself shows some...

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Jeti Ögüz resort & around E-mail
Asia - Kyrgyzstan
02 August 2010

Jeti Ögüz resortWe drove from Bishkek to Karakol to see the eastern part of Kyrgyzstan. Jeti-Ögüz is a so called balneo-therapic resort located at...

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Bishkek - Osh bazaar E-mail
Asia - Kyrgyzstan
31 July 2010

Corn and other foodstuff for sale at Osh BazaarOsh Bazaar, located in the western part of Bishkek. You can quite easily walk there from the centre (half an hour walk)...

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East-west highway E-mail
Asia - Nepal
21 July 2010

East-west Highway along the Trishuli river, NepalOnce we had relaxed and spotted wild-life in Chitwan National Park, we made our way back to Kathmandu along the ...

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Kathmandu Pashupatinath E-mail
Asia - Nepal
18 July 2010

Nepalese children playing in the mud along the road from Kodari (Tibet border) to KathmanduApart from visiting Swayam-bhunath and Boudhanath stupa, we also made a stop at the Pashupatinath temple on our...

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Mudkhu mountainbiking E-mail
Asia - Nepal
16 July 2010

Mountainbiking outside Kathmandu near Mudkhu with Nepal's national champion 2006Along with Nepal's national champion 2006 we went mountainbiking outside Kathmandu. We started easy, but...

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Kathmandu, walking tour E-mail
Asia - Nepal
14 July 2010

Little oil lamps outside a street temple in Kathmandu, NepalArriving in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal after coming from the dry highlands of Tibet, was a very interesting...

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Mt. Everest to Nyalam E-mail
Asia - Tibet
12 July 2010

A Tibetan boy and girl holding hands while eating ice-cream in the Himalayas near Nyalam, TibetFrom Rongbuk monastery we took the gravel road for about 2 or 3 hours back towards the Friendship Higway that connects...

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Shigatse to Everest Base Camp E-mail
Asia - Tibet
11 July 2010

Fully loaded Tibetan truck at high pass heading towards Mt. Everest Base CampFrom Shigatse we took the Friendship Highway towards Kathmandu, Nepal, but after some kilometres we turned left...

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Gyantse - Palcho monastery E-mail
Asia - Tibet
09 July 2010

Piece of cloth in Palcho monastery, Gyantse, TibetPalcho, also named Pelkor Chode or Shekar Gyantse, is the most important Tibetan buddhist monastery in Gyantse...

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Namtso lake E-mail
Asia - Tibet
06 July 2010

Tibetan brother and sister at Nam Tso lake, TibetAfter a long drive from Lhasa, since 2005 comfortably over asphalt, and passing the 5,186 meters high Laken pass we  ...

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Lhasa - Drepung monastery E-mail
Asia - Tibet
05 July 2010

Tibetan prayer wheels turningThe Drepung monastery is one of the three 'gelug' monastery univer- sity of Tibet. The two others are Ganden and Sera...

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Lhasa centre E-mail
Asia - Tibet
03 July 2010

Children playing street games in the streets of Lhasa, TibetThe day we left Shangri-la and flew to Lhasa - for the Chinese authorities would not let us make an eight day land ...

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Shangri-la E-mail
Asia - China
28 June 2010

Shiny Tibetan prayer flags hanging over the streets in Shangri-laAll in all we've spent around two weeks in Shangri-la, the town with the mythical name. The great dissappointment ...

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Luang Prabang E-mail
Asia - Laos
20 June 2010

Colourful umbrellas in a Luang Prabang (Laos) streetLuang Prabang was a terrible pain to get to, but once there the place was very pleasant. It was terribly hot and we didn't ...

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Ban Lung E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
15 June 2010

Riding an elephant in the woods near Ban Lung, CambodiaAfter we'd gotten to Ban Lung from Kratie in an overloaded van, stuffed with too many passengers, two garden temples and ...

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Roluos group E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
12 June 2010

Tower of the Roluos group seen through a gateOn the way back from Beng Mealea we made a stop at the Roluos Group, consisting of three ruins representing Hariharalaya, ...

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Siem Reap to Tonlé Sap E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
11 June 2010

Windows of a house near Tonle sap lake, cambodiaOne afternoon we called our tuk-tuk driver again to take us to the Tonlé Sap lake Already on the way to the lake there ...

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Kbal Spean E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
10 June 2010

Caterpillar in the woods of Kbal Spean, right by the rock carvings in the creekKbal Spean was a nice change for all the ruins with its lush location amidst thick forests. Carvings in the river bed had been ...

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Ta Prohm E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
09 June 2010

Temple at Ta Prohm overgrown with a spung tree (Tetrameles nudiflora)Ta Prohm might be one of the more spectacular sites in the Angkor kingdom, with hundreds of trees all over ...

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Around Battambang E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
06 June 2010

A lonely flower on the pavement in BattambangAround Battambang there was quite a lot to see actually. We met a couple from the US we shared a tuk-tuk with that ...

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Phnom Penh E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
03 June 2010

Three monks in a row outside a temple on the Royal Palace grounds, posing for a picturePhnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia has a lot to offer, but the most spectacular might be the royal palace, although...

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Kampong Troch & around E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
01 June 2010

Traditional stilt house around Kampong TrochOn a daytrip from Kampot we hired a tuk-tuk for the day that took us to a couple of buddhist caves that lay scattered...

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Aral Sea E-mail
Asia - Uzbekistan
27 August 2010

“Samarqand"Just beside now sleepy Moynaq, on a day trip from Nukus, used to be the shores of the famous Aral Sea, where waves used to hit the...

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Edges of Kyzylkum desert E-mail
Asia - Uzbekistan
21 August 2010

Ayaz KalaOn our trip to Ayaz Kala, Kyzyl Kala and Toprak Kala, as well as some other occasions, we visited and drove through (parts of) the Ky...

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Khiva E-mail
Asia - Uzbekistan
20 August 2010

“AnThe city of Khiva more than compensated our disappointment with Uzbekistan's capital Toshkent earlier. It's a small city in Xorazm ...

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Margilan to Tashkent E-mail
Asia - Uzbekistan
15 August 2010

Trees along the road from Margilan to Tashkent, UzbekistanAfter our visit to Margilan market, our host brought us outside the city with his Mercedes  and we headed for Uzbekistan's capital city...

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Osh E-mail
Asia - Kyrgyzstan
13 August 2010

Bustes melons and military in Osh, KyrgyzstanThe recent riot's results we had seen in Bishkek, but Osh was much, much worse. Uzbeks and Kyrgyz had clashed on June 10, 2010..

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Song Kol homestay E-mail
Asia - Kyrgyzstan
07 August 2010

Kyrgyz girl posing in front of the yurtAfter arriving from Kochkor with our Kyrgyz driver, we were welcomed in the yurt of our host family with Kyrgyz delicacies and...

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Bishkek again E-mail
Asia - Kyrgyzstan
05 August 2010

Kyrgyz police ladaAs visa for Iran and Uzbekistan were not easy to get, we spent a long time in Bishkek in between trips to Karakol, Jeti Ögüz, Ala Archa...

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Kyrgyz traffic & transport E-mail
Asia - Kyrgyzstan
03 August 2010

Mercedes needs a handKyrgyzstan might be your best shot at seeing one of your old cars from the Nether-lands, Germany, Austria or any other...

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Bishkek to Karakol road E-mail
Asia - Kyrgyzstan
02 August 2010

Kyrgyz/ Kazakh mountains at Lake Issyk KulFrom the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek we took a (shared) taxi to Karakol in the east, passing Lake Issyk Kul. It was a beautiful journey; left of us...

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Bishkek E-mail
Asia - Kyrgyzstan
27 July 2010

Old Russian bus in the streets of Bishkek, 2010In order to make it to Bishkek from New Delhi, India, we had to take a flight to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, from where we travelled onwards...

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Chitwan National Park E-mail
Asia - Nepal
20 July 2010

Me getting a shower from an elephant in a river in Chitwan National Park, NepalAfter some great days in Kathmandu and visiting sites like Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath stupa and....

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Kathmandu Boudhanath stupa E-mail
Asia - Nepal
18 July 2010

Nepalese children playing in the mud along the road from Kodari (Tibet border) to KathmanduAfter visiting Swayambhunath stupa, we drove on to Boudhanath Stupa, another place or pilgrimage for Buddhists. It is...

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Kathmandu - Durbar Square E-mail
Asia - Nepal
15 July 2010

Ascete in the streets of Kathmandu, NepalKathmandu: the liveliest city of all, filled with colours, smiling people, great souvenirs, hundreds of temples and broken pavements.

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The friendship highway E-mail
Asia - Nepal
13 July 2010

Nepalese children playing in the mud along the road from Kodari (Tibet border) to KathmanduThe day after we had left Mount Everest Base Camp and arrived at Dram (Zhangmu), the border with Nepal, we woke...

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Rongbuk monastery E-mail
Asia - Tibet
12 July 2010

The word Tibet, formed in Rongpu monastery's inner courtyard fence shows their national prideRongpu or Rongbuk monastery lies at the foot of the Rongbuk glacier at 5,100 meters altitude and is thus the highest...

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Shigatse - Sakya monastery E-mail
Asia - Tibet
10 July 2010

Tibetan monks congregating in Sakya monasteryOn the road from Shigatse to Tingri, Tibet, lies the Tibetan Sakya monastery (officially Pel Sakya, meaning White Earth...

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Yam Drok Lake E-mail
Asia - Tibet
09 July 2010

Sheep overlooking a valley near Yam Drok lake, TibetThe Yamdrok lake (Yamzho Yumco in Tibetan) lies around 90 kilometres west of Gyantse and a hundred south- east ...

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Lhasa - Sera monastery E-mail
Asia - Tibet
05 July 2010

Debating monks at Sera monastery, TibetThe Sera monastery is one of the three gelug monastery universities of Tibet. The other two are Ganden and Drepung. ...

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Lhasa - Jokhang temple E-mail
Asia - Tibet
04 July 2010

Cave at the Jokhang temple in Lhasa, TibetThe Jokhang Temple in the Barkhor area of Lhasa is a famous buddhist temple and is UNESCO listed. It was built in ...

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Trekking around Shangri-la E-mail
Asia - China
30 June 2010

Monk in the Tibetan highlands around Shangri-la, near Da Bao monasteryDuring the weeks that we spent in Shangri-la, we killed time with a hike to Xiagei hot springs in the mountains near Shangri- ...

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Lijiang E-mail
Asia - China
25 June 2010

The south gate in Lijiang at nightFrom Dalí we went straight on to Shangri-la in order to arrange our trip to Tibet. We needed to do that as soon as possible ...

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Vientiane to Luang Prabang E-mail
Asia - Laos
19 June 2010

Children at the roadside on the way from Vientiane to Luang PrabangAfter our short visit to Laos' not too charming capital Vientiane we took a bus (what a horrible experience, sitting in the ...

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Around Kratie E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
14 June 2010

Children at the road side near KratieWe started out, early in the morning, with the two of us on the back of one motorbike, as we had also done in China, but ...

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Beng Mealea E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
12 June 2010

Rays of sunlight falling through smoke among the trees that surround Beng MealeaBeng Mealea is a complex of temples similar to Ankor Wat about 40 kilometres east of it. The sandstone structures ...

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Pre Rup/Pr.Kravan/Ph.Bakheng E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
10 June 2010

Two Cambodian monks waiting to see the sun set over the old Ankor kingdom from Pre RupOn of the days we stayed around Siem Reap, we went to see sun set at Pre Rup. The sky was not clear at all, but still the ...

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Siem Reap E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
09 June 2010

Colourful colonial architecture in the centre of Siem Reap, CambodiaSiem Reap is the usual basis for all visits to Angkor Wat and the surrounding ruins. Siem Reap is a lovely town ...

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Sra Srang & Banteay Kdei E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
09 June 2010

An ancient wall around Sra Srang that is miraculously still standingNot far from Angkor Thom, the main city so to speak, lie Banteay Kdei and an early basin called Sra Srang, meaning ...

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Battambang E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
05 June 2010

Two Cambodian women carrying goods on large plates on their heads in BattambangBattambang seems a nice little provincial town, but actually is the second-largest city in Cambodia with around ...

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Bokor Hill Station E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
02 June 2010

The Casino at Bokor Hill Station near Kampot, CambodiaOn our last day in Kampot, we joined a tour to Bokor Hill station, that included a ride on the back of a truck and a two hour...

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Kampot E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
30 May 2010

Two monks begging for streets at people's doors in the streets of KampotAfter returning to the mainland from Phu Quoc island, we crossed the border at Ha Tien to Kampot. The twenty dollar ...

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Moynaq E-mail
Asia - Uzbekistan
24 August 2010

Ayaz KalaFrom Nukus, where we were based for a few days, we made a day trip to Moynaq, a fishing town previously located at the Aral...

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Ayaz Kala E-mail
Asia - Uzbekistan
21 August 2010

Ayaz KalaAfter visiting Kyzyl Kala and Toprak Kala on our daytrip from Khiva, we moved on to Ayaz Kala, said to be the most impressive one...

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Bukhara E-mail
Asia - Uzbekistan
19 August 2010

“AnBukhara, our destination after visiting Uzbekistan capital Toshkent, is city-museum with 140 monuments. UNESCO listed and located...

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Margilan E-mail
Asia - Uzbekistan
15 August 2010

Bought three melons, see? Kuntepa bazaar in Margilan, UzbekistanThe day after our visit to the Margilan Yodgorlik Silk Factory, the son of it's director (at whose house we were staying) took us...

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Bishkek to Osh road E-mail
Asia - Kyrgyzstan
12 August 2010

Old Russian tractor with a cart full of hay on the road from Bishkek to OshFrom our last stop-over in Bishkek, with our visa for Uzbekistan and Iran in our pockets, we left for Osh: a city that had recently seen...

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Kochkor to Song Kol lake E-mail
Asia - Kyrgyzstan
06 August 2010

The road from Kochkor to Song Kul lake through the Kyrgyz mountainsAfter a great experience of Kyrgyz hospitality in Kochkor, the CBT arranged taxi showed up to pick us up and bring us to Song Kol where...

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Bokonbayevo eagle hunter E-mail
Asia - Kyrgyzstan
04 August 2010

Older Kyrgyz woman with her granddaughter in KarakolComing from the Kyrgyz town of Karakol, we took a shared taxi to Bokonbayevo, where we were picked up by eagle hunter Talgar. After...

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Jeti Ögüz rock formations E-mail
Asia - Kyrgyzstan
02 August 2010

Jeti Ögüz rock formationFrom our base in the Jeti-Ögüz resort, we visited the Jeti-Ögüz rock formations, just a stone's throw away from the Kyrgyz resort. The...

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Ala Archa national Park E-mail
Asia - Kyrgyzstan
01 August 2010

Me getting a shower from an elephant in a river in Chitwan National Park, NepalAs we were waiting for our visas for Uzbekistan and Iran, we made ourselves comfortable in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek and travelled...

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Delhi Revisited E-mail
Asia - India
23 July 2010

Typical fruit vendor cart in the streets of Delhi, IndiaArriving from Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, we got to New Delhi, capital of India, only to find ourselves in the middle of...

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Bhaktapur E-mail
Asia - Nepal
18 July 2010

Child on the pavement of BhaktapurAt the end of our day trip we drove to Bhaktapur, an ancient Newar city in the Kathmandu Valley. The city is almost entirely...

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Kathmandu: Swayambhunath E-mail
Asia - Nepal
18 July 2010

Nepalese children playing in the mud along the road from Kodari (Tibet border) to KathmanduFrom Kathmandu we made a day trip by taxi to several locations outside Kathmandu. One of them was the Swayambhunath...

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Kathmandu - Thamel E-mail
Asia - Nepal
15 July 2010

Having lunch at OR2k in Thamel, Kathmandu, NepalThe touristic heart of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, is Thamel. Though loaded with (great!) souvenir shops and restau...

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Green Hell to Dram (Zhangmu) E-mail
Asia - Tibet
12 July 2010

Clouded hills in the Green Hell of Tibet, near the border town of Dram (Zhangmu)On the day we had left Mount Everest Base Camp and crossed the plateau to Lakpa La pass we would be arriving at...

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Mount Everest E-mail
Asia - Tibet
11 July 2010

Fully loaded Tibetan truck at high pass heading towards Mt. Everest Base CampAfter a tiring ride from Shigatse towards the Mount Everest, we finally arrived at the Everest Base Camp (the Chinese ...

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Shigatse E-mail
Asia - Tibet
09 July 2010

Monk at Tashilunpon monastery, TibetLeaving Lhasa, we passed the Yam-Drok lake and headed for Shigatse. On the way we stopped at a local house to...

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Drak Yerpa E-mail
Asia - Tibet
08 July 2010

Temple gifts inside one of the grottoes of Drak YerpaYerpa or Drak Yerpa used to be a Tibetan Buddhist monastery 16 kilometres northeast of Lhasa in the Yerpa ...

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Lhasa - Norbulingka E-mail
Asia - Tibet
05 July 2010

Lilies at Norbulingka gardens in Lhasa, the Dalai Lamas' summer palacesThe Norbulingka is a palace and adjacent park in Lhasa and used to serve as the summer residence of the dalai ...

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Lhasa - Potala palace E-mail
Asia - Tibet
04 July 2010

Stairs leading up to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, TibetThe first sight of the Potala Palace was breathtaking. Not only for it's beauty, also because of the fact that Lhasa is situated...

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Horseriding near Shangri-la E-mail
Asia - China
29 June 2010

Tibetan horse sadle in the hills near Shangri-laSome other guests in our hotel in Shangri-la had arranged a horse riding trip and we were asked if we like to join. ...

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Dalí E-mail
Asia - China
23 June 2010

Waterfall in a chinese garden in DalíThe bus from Luang Prabang, Laos dropped us off very early in the morning in Kunming. A taxi brought us to the ...

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Vientiane E-mail
Asia - Laos
18 June 2010

regular Lao bus for long distances, packed with luggage on the roofBeing more an impression of a short visit to Laos' capital, Vientiane, than a real photografic report, this album contains ...

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Kratie E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
12 June 2010

lightning over the Mekong River in Kratie, CambodiaFrom Siem Reap we took a (too) adventurous bus to Kratie, where we found an acceptable little inn. Kratie was a nice ...

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Chong Khneas in Tonlé Sap lake E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
11 June 2010

Cambodian man protecting himself from the sun with his scarf at Ton Lé Sap, CambodiaIn spite of the low water level, we managed to reach the lake through a muddy canal that we got stuck in several ...

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Banteay Samre & Banteay Srei E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
10 June 2010

Two children at Banteay Srei. One has just taken a flower from the pondBanteay Samre and Banteay Srei were two other tempel complexes further away from Ankor Thom that were defi...

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Angkor Thom E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
09 June 2010

Blue and black butterfly in ruins near Ankor ThomAngkor Thom was the living heart of the Ankor kingdom and featured many different structures. We were especially ...

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Angkor Wat E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
08 June 2010

The silhouette of the Angkor Wat ruins around 5 o'clock in the morningBy far the most popular sight in Cambodia, Angkor Wat draws over half a million visitors a year. Built for the Hindu ...

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Killing fields & Tuol Sleng prison E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
04 June 2010

Skulls inside the monument at the Killing Fields, CambodiaA day trip from Phnom Penh brought us to the infamous killing fields where thousands of Cambodian citizens were...

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Kep E-mail
Asia - Cambodia
01 June 2010

Logistics geta a whole new meaning if you see little moped trucks loaded in CambodiaOn the same tuk-tuk trip that took us to Kampong Troch, we drove to Kep, a tiny town south of Kampot that might not...

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Phu Quoc Island E-mail
Asia - Vietnam
28 May 2010

Half a coconut on phu quoc island beachRight after our trip to the Mekong Delta we continued to the coast where we took a boat to Vietnamese the Island of Phu...

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